updated 05:30 pm EDT, Wed August 20, 2008
Storage options announced
Vantec has introduced two FireWire 800 devices, the NexStar 3 Quad Interface hard drive enclosure and the FireWire 800/400 Host Card PCI FireWire adapter. The NexStar 3 enclosure is a 3.5" enclosure and features a SATA hard drive interface with eSata, FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 ports. It also has a power/hard drive access light and is constructed of aluminum for heat dissipation. The case supports up to 1TB hard drives.
The FireWire 800/400 Host Card features two FireWire 800 ports and a legacy FireWire 400 port for expanding into high-speed FireWire connections. It is PCI 2.2 compliant and works in 32/64-bit PCI slot. It also offers power over the FireWire ports.
Both devices are listed as coming soon, with prices to be announced later. The FireWire 800/400 Host Card requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, while the NexStar 3 only requires a Mac that can connect to one of its four interfaces.